Chris has worked in the field of deafblind education and visual impairment since 1996 when he was first hired as a teaching assistant at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). Since that time, he has had the experience of being a classroom teacher working with a wide range of students who are visually impaired, blind and deafblind; from emerging language children to those transitioning to an independent adulthood. In 2006 he began work as a Deafblind Education Consultant, for the Texas Deafblind Project at TSBVI. Chris has helped lead system change efforts to establish Teachers of Students who are Deafblind (TDB), and build community of practice for professionals in the field of deafblind education in TX. He is a nationally known speaker and who has presented on a wide range of topics in the field of deafblind education. Chris co-developed the Informal Functional Hearing Evaluation (IFHE), and led development of Texas educator standards for TDB. He has authored numerous other papers and websites including his most recent; Interaction and Communication for Children who are Deafblind. He is currently working with the TSBVI Curriculum Department to co-author the Functional Vision Evaluation, Learning Media Assessment, Functional Tactile, and Communication Evaluation for students who are Deafblind.
Chris presently serves on the board of Deafblind International (DbI) and the management committee for DbI Network of the Americas. He was recently honored with the Everett Bryan award for his professional commitment to the field of deafblindness by the Deafblind Multi-handicap association of Texas (DBMAT).
Chris holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and is a certified Teacher of Students who are Visually Impaired.